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Freshman Year

4 Rules for Making Friends Your First Semester of College

Julia Bush | Posted 07.30.2015 | College
Julia Bush

These rules to friend-making from me, a verified friend professional (aka a random human who survived college with minor damage), will help you find your true BFFs and begin the ~best years of your life~.

The Freshmen 21

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Meals are up to you, as is your bedtime. Too often college students skip meals or don't eat healthy. Avoid the "freshman 15" by minimizing the 12 a.m. pizza runs.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Day in College

UChic | Posted 07.31.2015 | College
UChic

I Wish I Knew is a series of personal essays written by the courageous young female ambassadors of UChic. Learn how to survive and thrive during your Freshman Year from girls who have been through it.

8 Things I Wish I Knew as a High School Freshman

Katelyn Darrow | Posted 07.23.2015 | Teen
Katelyn Darrow

These four short years have shaped me more than I can comprehend. I remember being a freshman not that long ago. I scoured Seventeen magazine and implored my older sister for advice, but there were still quite a few things I wasn't prepared for when I started high school.

Bills, Bills, Bills: How to Save Money in College

UChic | Posted 07.13.2015 | College
UChic

Freshman Year means more freedom, more heartache and a bundle of new experiences. One experience I wasn't ready for (and am still feeling the ramifications of), was, and is, money.

Five Weeks and Forever

Tamar Honig | Posted 07.10.2015 | College
Tamar Honig

Several weeks before the end of our first year at university, some friends and I faced the scary realization that we were nearly done with a quarter of our college experience.

10 Lessons I Learned My Freshman Year of College

Allison Underhill | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Allison Underhill

Freshman year of college: a whirlwind of cramming for exams, binge-watching Netflix, creating new friendships, and finding out who you are in this wor...

Interactive Game Captures The Harrowing Reality Of Being Harassed

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.02.2015 | Women

If you ever meet someone who doesn't understand that sexual harassment is a big deal, invite them to play "Freshman Year." The interactive game, cr...

5 Perks of Being an RA

Opal Vadhan | Posted 05.16.2015 | College
Opal Vadhan

Being a third year RA, I've definitely learned a lot, and for someone who wasn't even going to apply for the position, I'm so glad I did. For anyone who wants to make a difference on a college campus, definitely apply to be an RA.

The Importance Of Staying True To Yourself At College

Bianca Hayes | Posted 01.12.2015 | Teen
Bianca Hayes

I was raised to believe that I am capable of doing whatever I put my mind to, so to actually be in the real world and see that I can put in the work to control my own destiny amazes me.

8 Things You Should Do to Make the Most of Freshman Year

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

To help you get off on the right foot, here's what every freshman can do to ensure success long after that first year of college is in the rearview mirror.

5 Mistakes To Avoid During Your Freshman Year Of College

FindSpark | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
FindSpark

With fall getting colder as you settle into cruise control through the rest of your first semester of college, you may think you've already figured it all out. Perhaps you have, but chances are you are making one of these terribly risky mistakes -- if not all five.

9 Time Management Tips for Freshmen That Actually Work

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 11.26.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

Do you remember that all-nighter you pulled senior year of high school because your essay was due the next morning? Or that time you crammed for a test, even though your teacher gave you weeks to prepare?

When Is Mother-Daughter Texting Too Much?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Now my daughter is in college, just starting her freshman year. She doesn't call home every day, only every other day. But we text a lot... well, roughly constantly. But never during class and I didn't hear from her when she went to the movies the other night.

You Used To Care About College. Then Senior Year Happened.

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.15.2014 | College

Every year, bright-eyed freshmen come on campus, dressed to impress and ready to introduce themselves to everyone. Every year, those same freshmen ...

The Dos And Don'ts Of Freshman Year

| Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen

By now you’re probably overwhelmed by all the advice from people who know you’re headed off to your first year of college: Make lots of friends, s...

5 Creative Ways To Say Goodbye Before Leaving For College

| Posted 09.03.2014 | Teen

You’re so close the best time of your life: college! This upcoming academic year is going to be awesome. You’re going to push yourself to accompli...

To The Lonely Freshman: Your Isolation Is Not Permanent

Matt Camarda | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Matt Camarda

Your isolation may feel permanent; it may become hard to imagine a future in which you've found your place. It may feel like cold comfort to hear that adjusting takes time, but it's the truth. I've been there.

How Everybody Knows You Must Be A College Freshman

Pixable | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Pixable

We try not to judge because we all started out as freshmen, but we can't help ourselves from laughing when we see a group 18-year-olds still sporting their high school t-shirts heading towards the dining hall like a hungry pack of wolves.

The Overachiever's Guide to Freshman Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement.

Dear Freshman Girls

Lauren Galley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Lauren Galley

First days are an amazing part of growing up and now that I have just begun my sophomore year of college, I too am feeling all the excitement once again as I start a new chapter in my life.

Now This Is Some Advice All Freshmen Can Use

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.27.2014 | Teen

Whether you're a rising freshman ready to take on the hallways of a new school or recent grad bound for college and in need of a refresher course, thi...

After Orientation, the Real Work Begins

Beverly Low | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Beverly Low

For the past 20 years, I've been directing orientation programs for incoming college freshmen. All of a sudden, I am the on the other side of the equation -- I am the new face -- a little nervous, but eager to get started.

An Open Letter to the Class of 2018

Miranda Richard | Posted 10.21.2014 | College
Miranda Richard

What no one tells you about the "promised land" of higher education is that it is wonderful, but it is not always an easy place to navigate. Moving away from home for the first time is scary, and it is okay to be scared.

3 Sacred Rules Of College Drop-Off

Becky Blades | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Becky Blades

Yes, after feeding and sheltering a person for 18 years, you are entitled to a little storybook sentimentality. But today is not the day.